Holmes - Biography
Susan's designer accomplishments stem from a successful career as an international
supermodel. Susan has rocked the catwalk, for Valentino, Versace, Prada,
Lacroix, Chanel, John Galliano, Nicole Miller, Badgley Mishcka, Bill Blass,
DKNY, Anne Klein, Todd Oldham, Calvin Klein, Herve Leger Michael Kors
and others? Holmes also scored campaigns for Adrienne Vittadini, Yves
St. Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Escada, Louis Vuitton, Karl Lagerfeld,
Claude Montana, Rochas, Guess?, Diesel and Pepe Jeans? as well as Gottex
Swimwear, Victoria's Secret, and billboards, ads and commercials for Peugot,
Triumph, H & M lingerie.
As a senior in high school, surrounded by the San Diego surf scene,
Holmes made swimsuits just for fun. Her hobby was temporarily sidelined
when her modeling career beckoned. Holmes has also graced the covers of
U.S. and/or international editions of VOGUE, W, Glamour, Marie-Claire
and Playboy. She has appeared in beauty ads for Rene Guinot (photo- graphed
by Mario Testino), and Revlon for VOGUE (Pamela Hanson). Susan was a guest judge and guest creative director and designer, alongside famed colleague Tyra Banks on "America's Next Top Model." She was one of the stars on E! Entertainment's reality series "Married To Rock" which aired in 59 countries worldwide to E!'s audience of 97 million viewers.
Susan feels so blessed, to have worked with some of the world's greatest fashion photographers,
including Steven Meisel, Ellen Von Unwerth, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton,
Sante D'Orazio, Arthur Elgort, Matthew Rolston, Michael Thompson and Walter
By the mid 1990's Holmes was one of the 20 highest paid fashion models.
According to an interview by famed Elsa Klensch, on CNN, Susan earned
the title " the Body" from her modeling success, particularly in lingerie
and swimwear. Susan starred (as the bride) alongside fellow models Tyra
Banks, Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss and Helena Christensen in the British
film Inferno! She has appeared on MTV, TV Land, CW, WB, CNN, Fox News Live, E! Entertainment,
The Travel Channel, CNBC, VH1, and the Bloomberg Network? Holmes was honored
by the mayor, in 2005 with a "Key to the both the city of Detroit and
Toledo" - for her recognition from her hometown, for her international/businesswoman
Living part time in California, and dedicating most of her time with
her family, (Susan has two young daughters), reminded Susan of her original
idea of becoming a designer. Her focus is on creating swimwear that "exudes
charm with rock n' roll inspiration" with a quality and attention to detail.
She credits her husband, legendary rocker Duff McKagan, formerly of Guns
N' Roses, and now with successful Grammy Award winning band, Velvet Revolver
as an integral part of her creative designs. One of the highlights, she
enjoys, in having a fun and successful business, in which she gets to
contribute back over 10%, after net proceeds- to wonderful charities,
such as " Project Angel Food", "Surfrider Foundation" and the Red Cross
for natural disaster victims. All of Susan Holmes Swimwear is made in
America- no slave labor.
Susan Holmes Swimwear, LLC is worn worldwide by celebrities such as Kate
Hudson, Venus Williams, Elle Macpherson, Stella McCartney, Heidi Klum,
Keira Chaplin and Anna Kournikova? In fact, in a recent Sport's Illustrated
Swimsuit edition- she was the designer "with the most suits" and donned
the huge calendar cover, and DVD cover as well.